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Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 02 August, 2020, 11:25:11 AM »
I love these! Never stop.

A noble reaction to your hold on 5th place being challenged!

Don't worry, they will go on for as long as I can keep pocketing the meds!

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 02 August, 2020, 10:01:35 AM »

Holy Cremola Foam, we’re back a scant few weeks after our last outing. Furloughed staff have been reactivated at Beast Towers and efforts to fiddle Government subsidies have been curtailed for the five minutes this nonsense takes to bash out.

A full page, 5 letter, inside back cover is the reward for our patience this week in Prog 2193, and what delights it offers. A couple of newbies and two moves on the all time leader board - excitement she wrote.

We open with Stephen Parry of Birmingham who celebrates his third printed offering following two 2016 efforts in Progs 1976 and 2011. He has a bit to go to match Nigel or ‘Na’ Parry, as he was sometimes known, from Burton on Trent who presently has the Parry Pole at 8. He was last seen in the 'Letter of the Week’ berth in Prog 2124 in 2019. **Shock Stat** No Parry has ever had a Dreddlines letter published in the Megazine.

Stephen (it’s a good name)  secures Letter of the Week laurels with his offering headed ‘Years Gone Bye’ which we’re pretty sure is a ‘Walking Dead’ homage/rip off. Stephen does a lot of thinking - three times in the first two paragraphs. He resurrects the decades old ‘What will 2000ad be called in the year 2000?' debate and thanks Tharg for keeping his numbering consistent. He doesn’t mention the year end Progs which are plain confusing in our filing systems, but generally, he‘s a happy camper.

Next up, and barely making the minimum word count, is George Kaplan of Berks. George makes a brief speculative comment about ‘The Out‘ which Tharg doesn‘t dismiss. This is George’s first offering and hopefully he can make it to 30 words next time around. There has been one previous ‘Kaplan’ in the shape of Andrew from USA whom we met in Meg 222 in 2004. There have been 17 ‘George’ letters across both publications with George Elder of Lanark in the lead on 2, the last being in Prog 1609 in 2008. Remember him for later on as there is a writer called ‘Senior’ and we make a poor joke about who is the Senior/Elder of the two.

For the 3rd Time in 2020 we get to roll out our ‘Browning Version’ gag as Chris Browning of Todmorden nets his 15th score overall. This moves Chris up the all time leader board to 15 strikes and 22nd= overall. Chris is in the vanguard of new or at least recent letter writers with his oldest offering being in Prog 1961.

Chris’ winning formula is clear - he loves everything - even ‘The Order’ which he describes as “mad” - well something is around here. He points out how reader favourite Abnett is practically writing the Prog these days and he’s also enjoying Dredd’s take on the Rogue Trooper ‘The Hit’ story line.

Longest letter of the week goes to the writer with the longest letter writing shadow on the page, Michael Crouch of Naughty Norwich. Crouchy is seen here for the 30th time, in his first appearance since Meg 404 (an error shurley) in 2019. Michael was first seen in Prog 521 with his seminal drawing of ‘Thatch the Warlock and Ronnydonk’. He also drew ‘The Dead Tharg’ in Prog 670 and his latest offering moves him up the leader board into 5th=, breaking his tie with Alan Holloway and Linton Porteous. Next in his sights is Steve Frame on 31.

Michael’s letter is another gusher with everything getting a thumbs up including all of the spin off publications. Quite right too - we buy it because we like it. He could perhaps rank things and say that whilst Dredd is great, Hershey is also great abut maybe slightly less great. Still we’re teaching Granny to suck eggs here, you don’t get 30 Beast hits by not knowing a winning formula.

Last up is the senior writer on the page, Tom Senior of Bath. Given he’s a senior I hope it’s one of those walk in baths! With Tom and George Elder mentioned above there is more than a whiff of Werther’s Originals about today. At least I hope that’s what it is. This is Tom’s first letter and the fifth single to come from the ‘Senior’ clan. The Senior Senior is Mark who had a drawing of ‘Krane’ published waaay back in Prog 13 in 1977. Tom is the first Senior to find his way to the letterbox since Andy in Prog 993 in 1996.

Tom has taken up drawing during lock down and would like to have a story printed too. You can almost hear Tharg groan as he laments his ever growing slush pile - just stop at ‘Plan : Hit Earth’ oh verdant one!

Overall a positive page of fan letters with each pointing out what is great in the Prog. We’re fine with that in these troubled times, although a bit of balance is always welcome too.

Let's finish up with a newly updated Beast top 30...

Off Topic / Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
« on: 01 August, 2020, 12:04:09 AM »
Another month whistles part -be old before I know it!

Lose Weight : Started this in earnest with some decent results to date. A 1500 calories a day diet has been instigated along with some extra exercise and this has seen a weight loss of a stone (14lb) in this month taking me from a hefty 16st 12lb to a hefty 15 st 12lb. I should be about 12.5 stone so plenty to go, but at least it’s heading in the right direction. I’ll need to lose about 6lb a month a month to hit the goal which is totally happening.

Update Blogs Regularly : A solid month with 18 ‘W’ movies critiqued with Walk on Water the best of that bunch and 16 Definite Movies assessed with The Gift winning that blog’s crown for July. The ‘W’ blog now has 315 entries and the Definitive 213 - both on target for their 350/250 goals.

Update the Lettersentertainyou Blog for each publication event : Completed - only one letters page appeared in July and this was fully reviewed - A mighty 650 reads which is more than the 34 movie blog entries, and rightly so.

Average 12,500 steps a day : Partial success. A big part of the diet strategy has been to exercise more so I haven’t fallen below 10k since 11th July. 12,500 is 87,500 a week and I’ve managed that for each of the last 3 weeks. I had a big hike today and notched up 40,918 (18.76 Miles) along with two sore feet.

That’s everything that merits an update. Hopefully Munro bagging returns in the next month as does TV game show recruitment. I will start writing to Tharg again for each issue. He may not print them but you have to give him something to work with.

Have a great August.

Help! / Re: Spotify or Amazon Unlimited?
« on: 15 July, 2020, 10:30:34 PM »
I only have experience of Spotify but have been impressed with it during my enforced working from home.

I've hardly been able to come up with a song I can't find and, as Colin says, it is good at throwing up playlists with songs similar to your taste.

They also have brand new stuff with the DMAs album up straight away - Amazon may do this too?

They have also found some old classics for me such as 'Neil's Heavy Concept Album'. Can't see me buying physical media again!

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 13 July, 2020, 06:05:24 PM »
Bah looks like it. Still counts!

General / Re: Nominations 'Villains' - Ultimate not Dredd Tourney
« on: 12 July, 2020, 01:23:18 PM »
That's the fellow - I remember reading him with Joss Ackland's voice from 'Lethal Weapon 2'.

General / Re: Nominations 'Villains' - Ultimate not Dredd Tourney
« on: 12 July, 2020, 12:44:50 PM »
Ding Dong Dooley was a ferry man who rang a bell in a couple of episodes of 'Mean Team'. I don't think he has the character, charisma or influence to merit a place,but he has a funny name.

What about the German antagonist from 'Skizz'? he was a right see you next Tuesday.

General / Re: Nominations 'Villains' - Ultimate not Dredd Tourney
« on: 12 July, 2020, 10:42:57 AM »
I always mention Ding Dong Dooley in such matters but don't think he was that bad, just a poor yachtsman.

What about God in Cannon Fodder? The Buttonmen as a group - some crackers in there.

Announcements / Re: Job for Tharg - Junior Graphic Novel Editor
« on: 12 July, 2020, 10:37:58 AM »
The error is understandable - if you already have great copy writers in place why would you be looking for one?!

The compensation isn't mentioned - it would be a laugh to get the job and Tharg rocks up with your pay of a jug of Castrol GTX.

Anyway, come up with ideas, know about our back catalogue? I could do that, gizza job.

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 12 July, 2020, 10:33:20 AM »
Sacre Bleu! A comment. Not sure it's meant for this thread or what it means but we'll say ' very well thanks, et tu?'

Prog / Re: Prog 2189 - Hunger Strike
« on: 08 July, 2020, 06:41:49 PM »
A letters page! Oh mummy daddy! More HERE!

General / Re: Message from Dan Abnett - UNWT Award ceremony
« on: 07 July, 2020, 10:25:27 PM »
Glad I voted for him now!

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 07 July, 2020, 09:54:51 PM »

Zzzzz..eh? What’s going on, where’s my trousers?

A new Input page you say <rubs eyes> can the nightmare finally becoming to an end? Well it could be, the pubs are reopening and we are treated to our first slew of letters since Prog 2180.

9 weeks later we have the lovely Prog 2189 which sees five letters across the inside back page, and not all of them are thanking Tharg for keeping working during the pandemic. I hear certain writers attempted to mine that seam without success. Quite right too - publish and be criticised, it’s the British way.

After some positive feedback from Dandontdare we have continued with our fledgling policy of illustrating each letter with a picture off the internet. This month we are going for what the reader’s name first conjures up in our fevered mind.

We open with Tristan ‘Fourmile’ Carlyon of that London. This is Tristan’s first letter to see print and it’s a letter of the week too. He will need to keep writing if he’s going to make it to ‘Top Tris’ as Mr Louth is away in the distance on 16 in his Chelmsford bolthole. He was last seen in Prog 2145 so at least Mr Carlyon has the 2020 bragging rights.

Tristan’s letter is the well worn standard of ‘I was lost but now I’m found’. Tharg loves the chance to use lots of his BOLD TYPE  and to promote many of his offerings. In these terrible times Tris’ letter was a nice read and worthy of the top table honours - or is there better to come?

Next up is another new scribe and a junior one at that. 11 year old Josh Shrubsole, again of that London, tells a lovely story of his Dad giving him a box from the attic. The one you get at 16 will be better Josh! Josh is keen on most things and isn’t shy on demanding swag (as the kids call it) from Tharg. The Green One says no but appreciates the chance of the Regened comic getting a plug as well as some future offerings.

This is the first Shrubsole letter to see print but more surprisingly it’s only the third ‘Josh’. Finney of Prog 1416 and Davies of Prog 2074 welcome Mr S to their ranks. I’m guessing actually, they could be self isolating for all I know.

Great, Smashing Super, It’s Ade Bowen of Weston Super Mare next in his 14th Beast offering. Ade was last seen in Prog 2124 and boasts 11 Prog and 3 Megazine appearances. He has three letters of the week crowns including one in Prog 1659 that had a photo of a baby - we haven’t recorded if it’s Ade’s or of Ade.

Ade does a quick run through the Prog and loves everything. New stuff, old stuff, crossovers - he’ll take it all, even Sinister Dexter. He’s keen to see things develop but we’re guessing he’ll like it anyway. Smashing. The letter is titled ‘Superheavy’ which is a bit personal, but lockdown has been tough on us all.

A bit of Hong Kong Phooey next as Gary Meggitt rocks up from the former colony with his first offering. Only four letters have ever appeared from Hong Kong and two of them, unbelievably, are from women! Without running a search I can safely say that Honk Hong has the highest female comic letters writing ratio anywhere. Take a bow, er, courtesy Sarah Griffiths (Prog 653) and Jayne Corbett (Prog 820).

Gary’s letter is anther run through things he loves apart from a boot in the jaffers to ‘The Order’ which Tharg totally ignores. Gary likes most stuff however, and is rewarded with a Stickleback return.

We finish up with Graham Colebeck of Bournemouth who is the only writer to praise Tharg’s droids for working through the crisis. He may however have the fever as he loves ‘The Order’! He does give a mixed review to the Prog in general and the demise of The Survival Geeks makes it a downbeat ending to the page. Which is fair enough really.

This is Graham’s 6th letter and 4th in the Prog he was previously seen in Prog 2061 in 2017.

Overall a mixed bag of letters with the bag being marked ‘lacklustre letters’. I would have given Josh the thrill of ‘Letter of the Week’ with his being the pick of a largely pedestrian bunch.

See you in a couple of months!

Good job Colin!

Have you approached Dan for a comment? I'd be chuffed if it was me!

Off Topic / Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
« on: 01 July, 2020, 12:02:46 AM »
Another month flies by - hope all are well as we start to emerge from the shadows - stay where you are Leicester people!

Thanks for the kind words about me passing my exams - would have posted earlier but I'm conscious of bumping such a vanity thread!

This has been a quick month with success on some fronts. Others, not so much.

Lose Weight : Not doing well with the gym shut down. Curbed the wine until the weekends only but the Friday night takeaway is a killer + a peshwari nan. This will be the last week of gluttony as we are getting a kitchen fitted and takeaways are all we have! In mitigation I've not had chocolate or Haribo in months and I have lost the urge for snacking.

Update Blogs regularly : Did my usual 'focus too much on one thing' thing again with a total of 44 films watches and critiqued. 45 if you count the Will Ferrell Eurovision one that doesn't fit my criteria. The Definite Article blog saw the most with a whopping 25 entries. Best of the month was The Duellists which was Ridley Scott's first feature. The 'W' Blog saw 19 entries with the pick of the litter being Wind River which was cold and brutal. Lovely!

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread for each letters publication event : No Nerve Centre or Dreddlines letters this month. For shame. Again!

Average 12,500 steps a day : Probably averaging about 6000 - spending too long inside watching movies that start with a 'W'.

Get 105 Letters Printed : - Sending fewer as all are going in the bin. C'mon Tharg unquarantine that inbox!

Pass ACII : Still awaiting the certificate but did get notified that I'd been awarded the CII Certificate for 'Excellence in Claims Practice'. Another certificate awaited along with £250. Actually I was jointly awarded it, but we won't talk about that.

Get on TV Again : All games shows are now reruns and no one is recruiting!

Bag 50 Munros in total : Parked until the Summer!

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